Bill Maher made his career on being as shocking as possible with rants about social issues.
But one of his latest rants drew a quick response from late night talk show host James Corden.
On his HBO program Real Time with Bill Maher, the comedian extolled the virtues of mocking and shaming people.
Watch his segment here:
New Rule: The Fudge Report | Real Time with Bill Maher (HBO) youtu.be
Corden disagreed with Maher's views on the merits of belittling others.
"If making fun of fat people made them lose weight, there'd be no fat kids in schools. And I'd have a six-pack right now."
Maher had claimed that fat-shaming had disappeared and it needed to come back, for the children and public health.
But Corden disagreed.
"Fat-shaming never went anywhere. Ask literally any fat person, we are reminded of it all the time."
"There's a common and insulting misconception that fat people are stupid and lazy and we're not. We get it, we know. We know that being overweight isn't good for us and I've struggled my entire life trying to manage my weight and I suck at it."
"We're not all as lucky as Bill Maher, you know, we don't all have a sense of superiority that burns 35,000 calories a day."
Corden concluded by saying...
"Let's be honest, fat-shaming is just bullying. And bullying just makes the problem worse."
...and by saving his last remark for Maher:
"While you're encouraging people to think about what goes into their mouths, just think a little harder about what comes out of yours."
Watch Corden's segment here.
James Corden Responds to Bill Maher's Fat Shaming Take youtu.be
People online tended to agree with Corden over Maher.
James Corden 🙌🏻🙌🏻🙌🏻🙌🏻 As someone who has struggled their entire life with body image, who has a family member that… https://t.co/0earRdS0bU— Melissa 🔎 (@Melissa 🔎)1568356123.0
as someone who’s been & continues to be fat shamed, James Corden’s segment about it tonight was so important & hone… https://t.co/QG1GXSJidC— sum (@sum)1568351893.0
@JKCorden Thank you for this. I’m so disappointed in Bill. His fat shaming took me back to my middle school years o… https://t.co/f4bx7q11Pt— Pantingcougar (@Pantingcougar)1568361195.0
@zippomage @Scholar1977 @JKCorden Or just not say anything at all, which would be best for their mental health.— Chelsea (@Chelsea)1568478500.0
@jemsmommy @JKCorden @latelateshow @billmaher You shouldn't have been surprised. His fat shaming and misogyny go way back.— Jenny Nunemacher (she/her) (@Jenny Nunemacher (she/her))1568397775.0
@JKCorden We cannot call it 'just' Fat shaming. Its bullying ffs. Its even more disgusting when its an adult, with… https://t.co/zWFj530Oml— AmyLeeStone 🌈 (@AmyLeeStone 🌈)1568406216.0
@Marie12082374 @JKCorden amen!— Xrayna (@Xrayna)1568362012.0
Ria (@freetolive603) on Twitter broke it down.
Listen to the first four episodes of George Takei's podcast, 'Oh Myyy Pod!' where we explore the racially charged videos that have taken the internet by storm.
Be sure to subscribe here and never miss an episode.